Because—We accept our students as unique human beings, full of individual and special qualities.
Because—We have a team of specialized teachers with more than 20 years of educational and Waldorf pedagogy experience.
Because—We share a warm, personal, and hospitable learning environment with our students.
Because –-We are a united community, pulled together by students, parents and teachers.
What distinguishes Waldorf pedagogy from other educational systems?
The first difference is an understanding of a child’s educational development as a fully integrated person. The goal of Waldorf pedagogy is to create curriculum and a learning experience that accords with a child’s stage of development.
According to Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy, the human is a tripartite composed by body, soul and spirit. The capacities are unfolded in three stages of development, each one lasting about 7 years.
Everything that is taught to students in a Waldorf School is based on the profound knowledge of the human being, and because of that, it has an intentional unique way to be transmitted. The development of human intellect, artistic sense, aesthetic ability, and handcraft also carries significance in Waldorf pedagogy.
What are some of the basic principles of Waldorf pedagogy for educating small children?
The basic principles of Waldorf Pedagogy are, above all, to understand that a young child is in a stage where physical development is of the utmost importance. A child’s metabolic rhythms, perceptive maturity, and domain of body and space are all essential components of this early stage of physical development.
Small children have a metabolism that is much more accelerated than that of an adult or teen. They require great attention to the regularity and quality of their sleep schedules and diets.
Yet as important as it is to understand what we ingest with our mouths, it is also equally important to understand what we digest in our souls, making it of vital importance to protect our children’s senses. What do they hear? What do they watch? What do they feel?
Kids in the first septennial are living a stage of free movement. Movement is what helps the most to develop their body and mind. Waldorf schools strive to offer a safe environment where there is freedom of movement.
Also unique to Waldorf pedagogy is the “golden rule” that its teachers stand by: “Children imitate, imitate, imitate”. Keeping this in mind, Waldorf accepts this stage of a child’s development because it’s their way to learn how to “be”.
Finally, Waldorf pedagogy seeks to protect the state of wonder, imagination, and fantasy so dear to a child’s early development. This stage of wonder and awe is often referred to as “the innocence of the little one”. In conventional education, the imposing of early literacy, abstract intellectual explanations, and most saliently, media sources such as television, computers, and video games disturbs this state of innocence. Such a disturbance can lead to a heartbreaking effect in the soul and mind of a child.